Medical malpractice is a negligent, unskilled or improper diagnosis and treatment of a patient by a doctor, nurse, or other professional healthcare provider.
Close to 200,000 people die or may have acquired debilitating injuries every year as a result of preventable medical error. Another estimated 100,000 die and suffer injuries as a result of an adverse reaction to dangerous drugs.
Negligence by a medical professional can include an error in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. If negligence results in injury to a patient, a legal case for medical malpractice can arise against:
- The doctor, if his or her actions deviate or not at par with the generally accepted standard of practice;
- The hospital and other health care professionals for improper care, inadequate training, problems with medications and sanitation;
- Even local, state and federal agencies that operate hospital facilities.
Doctors owe a duty of care to those who seek their treatment. Once a doctor agrees to treat a patient, he or she has a professional duty to provide competent care. Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patient’s rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence, but at the same time plaintiff must show some actual compensable injury resulting from an alleged negligent care.
Proof of injury reveals the short and long term physical and financial effects of the treatment or procedure performed by the doctor but it can also include the emotional and psychological effects that generally affect the amount of compensation.
If you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice, Oliver Law Office can offer great experience and results in legal assistance. With more than 20 years of experience as a Columbus Ohio attorney, Jami S. Oliver is committed to serving the seriously injured by the negligence or intentional acts of others, including medical malpractices.
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